On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1945

Historical Events

  • "Kiss Me Kate" opens in Britain
  • 53 Amsterdammers executed by nazi occupiers
  • International Women's Day is 1st observed
  • Nazi Sicherheitsdienst (SD) intelligence agency executes 116 prisoners, and one reluctant police official, at de Woeste Hoeve, Netherlands in response to raid by resistance forces two days earlier
  • Phyllis M Daley is 1st black nurse sworn in as US Navy ensign

Famous Birthdays

  • Anselm Kiefer, German painter
  • Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs), born in Kew, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Micky Dolenz, American singer (The Monkees - "I'm A Believer"), and actor (Circus Boy), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • H J Jamin, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Buchenwald
  • Jan Beekes, resistance fighter, executed at 26
1945 Highlights

About March 8, 1945

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces